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Management Team

Management Team

Find out more about the people who manage the Biosciences Institute

Professor Joris Veltman, Dean of the Institute

Joris Veltman is a Dutch human geneticist, Dean of the Biosciences Institute and Jacobson chair of Personalized Medicine. Joris loves to work with genome technologies. He uses these to study the genetic factors in male infertility and the consequences of artificial reproduction. He leads the Faculty’s global activities and is actively involved in the European Society of Human Genetics. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for a run or a hike in the beautiful North East.

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Prof Joris Veltman, Dean of the Biosciences Institute

Professor Neil Perkins, Deputy Institute Dean

Neil relocated to Newcastle in 2010, where he is the Professor of Gene Expression and Signalling. His main research focus is the role of the NF-kappaB pathway in cancer. As a NUBI Deputy Dean he has an interest in developing grant mentoring schemes. In addition, he is lead of the Cell Signalling Research Theme and oversaw our UoA5 REF2021 submission. In his time off he likes taking his dog Gonzo for long walks. 

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Professor Neil Perkins, Deputy Institute Dean

Professor Frank Sargent,
Deputy Institute Dean

Frank Sargent is Professor of Microbial Biotechnology and has worked for Newcastle University since 2018. His research takes a broad view of bacterial physiology, including bioenergetics and membrane biology. He also has more specific interests in metalloproteins, especially hydrogenases, and in studying their structure, function and potential applications. As NUBI Deputy Dean, Frank has an interest in developing the research-teaching interface and in championing research-led and research-based teaching. He is also exploring cross-Faculty synergies and is leading on the Engagement & Place strategy for NUBI, which includes industrial and business engagement. In the outside world Frank is the Honorary Treasurer of The Biochemical Society and serves on numerous BBSRC and UKRI panels, including REF. In his spare time Frank is attempting to munch his way through all the Michelin-starred restaurants in The North.

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Mrs Helen Miller,
Head of Operations

Helen’s role as Head of Operations involves her supporting the Institute Dean & his wider portfolio.  A member of the Faculty senior leadership team, she supports the delivery of the Faculty strategy.  She also has responsibility for the portfolio of the Data & Comms Community. Throughout her career, she has held to a variety of external roles, including being awarded a Life Fellow of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), Chair CABS Steering Committee and Co Vice Chair Governing Body Archbishop Runcie Church of England 1st School. Helen likes supporting her children with their passions for cricket & football. 

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Mrs Helen Miller, Head of Operations

Steven Bell,
Operations Manager

As Institute Operations Manager Steven’s role is to work closely with the Head of Operations and the Dean of Institute to lead and manage the operations of the Biosciences Institute. Steven has worked at the University since 2020. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling and resistance training.

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Dr Rebecca Kenyon, Technical Manager

Rebecca Kenyon provides Management of Technical Services and Infra structure for the institute and is Safety Officer for the Biosciences Institute.   She has worked at the university for many years in a variety of roles supporting research services activity and specialist technical facilities. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and baking. 

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Dr Rebecca Kenyon, NUBI Technical Manager.

Kate Gorman-Dunn, Finance Business Partner

Kate Gorman-Dunn is a chartered Global Management accountant. As the Finance Business Partner for the Bioscience Institute she is the “go to person” and point of contact for financial queries, advice and reports for all staff in the Institute (non-RES accounts). In her personal time she is family oriented and loves to travel and eat.

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